SOLD Navajo Denim Lapis Sterling Silver Earrings
Sold Vintage Jewellery
Amazing hand carved sterling silver vintage earrings. 1980's made, expertly carved silver with a smooth bezel set piece of denim lapis. Stud backed, signed and very beautifully made - these are a long and elegant stud.
1.7cm x 3cm
SC in a cloud symbol, Copyright and Sterling
Denim Lapis, Sterling Silver
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste.
About this Piece
Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.
Denim lapis is a natural lapis lazuli stone that has a higher calcite content - which lightens it's colour. Like lapis lazuli, you can recognise the stone by the tiny gold flecks of pyrite (or fools gold).